What is a character trait of Professor Faber from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451?

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Professor Faber is a passionate, intelligent man who has an affinity for knowledge and agrees to help Montag challenge the fireman institution. Initially, Faber is portrayed as a timid man and tells Montag that he refuses to help him. However, Montag understands that Faber is passionate about literature. He changes Faber's mind by tearing pages out of the Bible in front of him. Faber finally agrees to help Montag and demonstrates his passion for literature by elaborating on the significance of books. Faber teaches Montag that books have quality and substance, provide leisure time, and positively influence individuals to alter their lives. Faber also reveals his passion for literature by helping Montag comprehend and challenge Captain Beatty, who attempts to confuse and manipulate Montag during an argument over literature. Faber also demonstrates his passion for literature by taking several books that Montag gave him and traveling to St. Louis, where he will reproduce the rare books and spread them throughout society.

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In Fahrenheit 451, one of Professor Faber's strongest character traits is his cowardice. Faber is very open about this trait, as he tells Montag when he visits his apartment:

"Mr Montag, you are looking at a coward."

Faber believes himself to be a coward because he witnessed first-hand the development of academic censorship and did nothing. He did not speak out, for example, nor did he encourage people to continue to read books. Once the fireman system was established, Faber "grunted a few times," but it was already too late to reverse this process.

This cowardice does have one redeeming feature, however. It leads Faber to create his own communication device which looks similar to the Seashell Radio. This device enables Faber to keep in touch with Montag when he meets with Captain Beatty and is in great need of emotional and intellectual support. 

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